Scammers convince male victims to buy purchase cards, online shopping credits or Money Line (MOL) in exchange for a meet-up, date, massage, sexual or escort services. In some cases, scammers insist that victims pay them through purchase cards bought at AXS machines. Victims are asked to send the scammers pictures of receipts along with the PIN to claim the credits.
In other cases, victims are asked to remit money overseas, often through Western Union, or buy MOL points from 7-Eleven stores. When payments are made, victims may receive calls demanding for additional payments. The common excuses are: administration fees, protection fees to ensure the safety of the "girl", or extra money to outbid other potential clients.
Scammers normally befriend their victims through social media platforms such as Wechat, iAround or Facebook and will communicate with them through online messaging and phone calls.
To avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
- Be wary of strangers who befriend you online and those who offer escort, massage or sexual services on social media
- Do not provide personal details about yourself when engaging with other internet users
- Do not share your payment receipts containing details such as PINs with anyone
- If you have any information relating to this scam, call the Police hotline at 1800-255 0000, or dial ‘999’ for urgent Police assistance.